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Hinchingbrooke School

Week B – Beginning 19th September 2016

Our students are already winning awards this academic year, and look at all the opportunties which are available to them...

With the amazing British achievements in both the recent Rio Olympics and Paralympics ringing in our ears we look forward to more workshops which will enable our students to become better learners and build that all important resilience.  What can be a better example that seeing Mo Farrah getting up after his fall and going on to win gold?  We want all of our students to have a similar level of resilience and to recognise the importance of picking themselves up, dusting themselves off and giving it another shot.  There have been plenty of workshops already this year and there are even more planned.  Next Tuesday (27th September) all students in Year 9 will access one or two study skills workshops, choosing those they feel are most pertinent to their needs from a comprehensive menu:

  • Memory techniques
  • Stress management
  • Motivation and mind-set
  • Critical thinking
  • Thinking skills and problem solving
  • Effective reading and note-taking skills
  • Exam preparation
  • Independent learning, time management and research skills
  • Communication and team building

Year 11 will be offered the same opportunities on Thursday 29th.  There is also an opportunity for parents and their Year 7 child to experience one of these fabulous workshops on Tuesday 27th September at the Meet the Tutor Evening for Year 7.  Places are limited so will be allocated on a first come first served basis.  Please return the slip at the bottom of letters which were send home last week or contact Jackie Moore to register your interest at

A reminder about the Internet Safety evening which is happening this Thursday (22nd September) in the PAC for Year 8 and 9 parents from 18:30-20:00.  If you wish to attend then please contact Year 8 SSO - Mrs Setchfield on

It’s great to see the re-launch of the Golden Antlers too.  This is an opportunity to recognise the form who has achieved the most 5s over the course of a single week.  5s are awarded in all lessons to students who have gone above and beyond in their learning:

  • Personal Progress
  • Positive Attitude
  • Productive Contribution
  • Persistent Effort

In the first week 7C1 recorded the most 5s, and they have a back to back win, having achieved an impressive 342 5s last week too.  In Middle School the competition is already off to a great start with 9V1 taking the first week and 11C2 topping the table this week.  Not only do the forms get the ‘Golden Antlers’ Trophy for a week, they also get the opportunity to have their photo taken for the boards around school!


Next week the Geographers are Hunstanton bound with Year 8 students on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, so there are opportunities for students in all year groups to get involved in learning outside the classroom.  The ‘Bells on What’s On’ event has also taken place where students were made aware of all of the amazing extra curricular opportunities.  The clubs, teams and competitions to take part in; all of which is essential to make our students well rounded individuals with a range of interests.  And talking of competitions, congratulations goes to three of our talented Year 10s.  They were challenged to make a product which fits into a small pringles tin.  Leonie-Mai Johnson’s effort was highly commended; Amy Smith received a merit and the work of Olivia Study features on their website (  Well done folks, talk about hitting the ground running so early in the new term!  Here’s another exciting opportunity:

For more information contact Mr Hall at

Each week there is a theme which form tutors discuss with their forms.  This week it is all about the values of our school, to ensure that our students are aware and appreciate what we as a school stand for.

Have a brilliant week everyone.

Anna Nightingale

Vice Principal